Posts Tagged ‘twitter



17
Fev
09

Debate: Crowdfunding – This Thursday | Esta Quinta-feira

Great! | Porreiro!

Phase I completed! | Fase I terminada!

With the generous contributions of some of my readers i managed to complete the first stage of my crowdfunding endeavour in just a couple of days. I’ve already thank them, but i have to say thank you again,  because they were timely with their help. Now my debts are solved, and like i said, it wasn’t that much money.

Now Phase II needs some discussion, but we’ll talk about it later in detail. This is also an experiment in crowdfunding, and i have to make an assessment of the current situation.

Though i managed to reach my first goal quite easily, i was surprised about two things: there were less donors than i expected, but they contributed in average with more money than i first predicted. Few, but generous.

But if i want to reach a sum for buying some video gear for example, i need more people to contribute and i don’t think that will happen. First of all because i’m not giving anything back, nothing tangible except my previous work. My inicial goal was to finance a story, a la Spot.us and then sell it or give it away. As i said, it was not possible now to do it without solving my current situation, but that is not enough. People need something back. Mark Luckie is selling t-shirts in his website (cool tees i have to say) and though i don’t know how is it going for him it’s a pretty simple and appealing concept. Buy from me, instead of pay me to keep me going.

Of course the buzz now is all about business models for newspapers, journalists and blogs, and my iniciative raised a few questions about how media online can survive, from private to corporate level. So this Thursday me and João Simão are organizing a Twitter debate about crowdfunding, new business models, and how is the common user be affected by all these new options recently layed on the table: paywalls, contributions, crowdfunding, bailouts, itunes like payments, etc. What do we as journalists think it must happen, and how far are we willing to go as users?

To participate just tweet your thoughts this Thursday Feb.19th, with the hashtag #cfund. You can follow the conversation at João Simão’s website via CoverItLive, and you can be part of the discussion forum here. Join us and tell where do you think the money must come from.

And if you think i deserve a small contribution for acquiring some gear, please, you’re really welcome to do it here. I’d appreciate it.

Com as generosas contribuições de alguns dos meus leitores consegui completar a primeira fase da minha recolha em crowdfunding, em poucos dias. Eu já lhes agradeci, mas vou ter que o fazer novamente, porque foram rápidos na resposta. Agora posso dizer que as minhas dívidas estão saldadas, e como tinha dito, não eram tantas como isso.

Agora a Fase II precisa de ser discutida, mas falaremos disso em detalhe mais tarde. Esta é também uma experiência em crowdfunding, e tenho que avaliar o estado das coisas.

Apesar de ter atingido o meu primeiro objectivo facilmente, fiquei surpreendido com duas coisas: houve menos doadores do que esperava, mas em média deram mais do que tinha previsto. Poucos, mas generosos.

Mas se eu quiser atingir uma quantia que dê para comprar algum equipamento video por exemplo, preciso de mais contribuidores, e não creio que eles apareçam. Primeiro porque não estou a dar nada em volta, nada palpável excepto o meu trabalho até agora. A minha ideia inicial era financiar uma reportagem, à Spot.us e depois vendê-la ou distribui-la de graça. Como disse, era-me impossivel fazê-lo sem resolver a minha situação, mas não chega. As pessoas precisam de algo de volta. O Mark Luckie está a vender t-shirts no seu site (catitas,tenho que dizer) e apesar de não saber como está a resultar, é uma ideia simples e apelativa. Comprem o que tenho, em vez de me darem para me aguentar.

Claro que as discussões agora andam todas à volta de modelos de negócio para jornais, jornalistas e blogs, e a minha iniciativa levantou algumas questões sobre como se sobrevive no online, desde um nível privado a corporativo. Por isso esta quinta-feira eu e o João Simão vamos organizar um debate no Twitter sobre crowdfunding, novos modelos de negócio, e como será o utilizador comum afectado pelas propostas na mesa: paywalls, donativos, crowdfunding, bailouts, pagamentos tipo itunes, etc. O que achamos que deve acontecer como jornalistas, e até onde queremos ir como utilizadores?

Para participar insiram nos vossos tweets sobre o assunto esta quinta, 19 de Fevereiro a tag #cfund. Podem seguir a conversa no site do João Simão  via CoverItLive, e usar o forum aqui. Juntem-se a nós e digam de onde deve vir o dinheiro.

E se acharem que mereço um pequeno contributo para adquirir algum equipamento, estão à vontade para fazê-lo aqui. Eu ficaria tremendamente agradecido.

Continue a ler ‘Debate: Crowdfunding – This Thursday | Esta Quinta-feira’

06
Fev
09

Top5 : Most annoying discussions | Discussões mais irritantes

Is Twitter Journalism? | O Twitter é Jornalismo?

BreakingNewsOn Twitter

BreakingNewsOn Twitter

To put an end to all this annoyance (i’m getting sick of this too) i’ll finish this series with the latest most buzzing debate about new media.

Is Twitter Journalism?

The real issue: never got it right (me and those who argue about Twitter and journalism). Twitter is for mainstream media what blogs were some years ago: something they don’t understand but had to get on board. And this time they’re doing it quickly. But once again some people are asking the wrong question.

Twitter is a channel. Hundreds, thousands of channels. If someone shares information with his followers, thousands of users can access to it in a matter of minutes if it’s retweeted. It’s viral, word of mouth to the highest power. And since it’s mobile the source can be at the scene of the event. Examples: Hudson River Crash, Mumbai, China earthquakes. In a matter of minutes thousands knew about it first than news agencies or local media knew or could react, even half world away. So this is the nature of Twitter: a powerful broadcasting and crowdsourcing tool. Well played it can be used to get and deliver  information. Of course, just like in the offline world, there are hoaxes, but as far as i remember it’s part of the journalists’ job to verify information.Twitter gives the first info, to be developed by other channels later.

Fortunately, as it becomes more mainstream, there is more advice on how to use it for journalism. It’s easy, addictive and powerful. It is people driven, and fast. It also has the feature of being eclectic: on my few hundreds of followers i have people from 3 continents and with different ages, backgrounds and interests. One thing most have in common, they’re Twitter addicts.

Twitter is not journalism, but it is a hell of a tool to help in the process.

Para terminar toda esta irritação (eu também já estou a ficar farto disto) vou acabar esta série com  o mais recente debate aceso sobre os novos media.

Será o Twitter Jornalismo?

A verdadeira questão: nunca percebi (eu e os outros que questionam o Twitter e o Jornalismo). O Twitter é para os media tradicionais o que os blogs foram há uns anos: algo que não percebem mas com que vão ter que alinhar. E desta vez estão a fazê-lo rápido. Mas mais uma vez vez estão a fazer a pergunta errada.

O Twitter é um canal. Centenas, milhares de canais. Se alguém partilhar uma informação com os seus seguidores, outros tantos milhares podem ter acesso a ela no espaço de minutos se for reenviada. É viral, boca a boca à máxima potência. E como é móvel a  fonte pode estar no local do acontecimento. Exemplos: amaragem no rio Hudson, Bombaim, terremotos na China. No espaço de minutos milhares de pessoas souberam o que tinha acontecido, antes das agências ou media locais saberem ou poderem reagir, mesmo a meio mundo de distância. Essa é a natureza do Twitter: uma  poderosa ferramenta de divulgação e pesquisa dentro de uma comunidade. Bem usada pode servir para distribuir e recolher informação. Claro que existem embustes, como no mundo offline, mas segundo me lembro, faz parte do trabalho dos jornalistas verificar informação.

Felizmente, à medida que se torna cada vez mais de uso comum, há mais conselhos sobre como usá-lo em prol do jornalismo. É fácil. viciante e poderoso. É movido pelas pessoas, e rápido. Também é ecléctico: tenho algumas centenas de pessoas a seguir-me em 3 continentes, com idades, origens e interesses diversos. Uma coisa a maioria tem em comum: são viciados no Twitter.

O Twitter não é jornalismo, mas é uma excelente ferramenta para o processo.

Continue a ler ‘Top5 : Most annoying discussions | Discussões mais irritantes’

26
Jan
09

Links for today | Links para hoje

Monniter

Twitter is increasingly being used by journalists to make contacts and track news events, but the Twitter user-interface (UI) itself is pretty limited making it difficult to track conversations. Fortunately its open API structure and the ability to subscribe to various types of RSS feeds from Twitter means there are a number of ways to track a ‘buzz’ around an event or specific conversations.

Okay first read this article on CNN about the new whitehouse.gov website, okay you can actually just skim the article and skip to the last three paragraphs. Yes, that’s me being quoted in that article, and yes you are correct that quote makes no sense. What the bleep was I talking about? Perhaps like many stories in the world of journalsim this is partly a story of being misquoted, but there is actually more to it than this. The way the reporter found me, and the context surrounding said quote, while perhaps not a unique story, is certainly illustrative of several trends and problems with old journalism, and perhaps more germanae to this audience, it is a telling story about the future of media and the importance of social networks.

It’s easy to take good video for granted until you’ve seen bad video: the poorly shot, poorly lit, shaky kind that makes any viewer cringe. Here are some of the worst offenses in videography:

1. Everything looks blue or orange

Video shot outdoors looks blue, while video shot indoors is a puke-colored orange.

Solution: Off-color video is often a result of unbalanced color temperature (see an example here). Use the camera’s white balance feature — usually a single button or found in the features menu — to counteract the offending color.

Video is one of those new practices we have to get used to as newspaper journalists now working in a Web 2.0 world. One of the key issues is the quality of the video. Do we always need slick, television-style video, which require more specialized skills, or will our community accept “rougher” video, made by amateurs using less sophisticated cameras?

At the Belgian business newspapers De Tijd and L’Echo we use five main video techniques now: prosumer cameras, consumer-type camcorders, Seesmic (webcams) and Flip cameras, and two Sony cameras on a fixed installation for interviews in the center of the newsroom.

I will briefly discuss who is doing what with which cameras, concluding with some issues we are debating these days.

I came across a tweet by Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn in which he mentioned revising the commenting guidelines for his blog. So I wanted to find how what he changed, how, and why.

“Back in October, I quit comments altogether (the guidelines were short: “Comments are not posted immediately. We review them first in an effort to remove foul language, commercial messages, irrelevancies and unfair attacks. Thank you for your patience.” (That is) still found on many other Trib Blogs).

I reinstated with the New Year an open comments policy, no pre-review, but here are my rules.”

The New York Times Company (NYT) needs a long-term plan.  Current management doesn’t seem to have one, so it’s up to us.

Here’s what we would do if Arthur Sulzberger called and invited us to succeed Janet Robinson as CEO.  (Bear in mind that we’re not privvy to the detailed numbers Janet has, so we reserve the right to change our minds).

Our Plan To Fix The New York Times

  1. Cut costs 40% by 2010.
  2. Continue to raise print subscription prices
  3. Explore charging an online subscription fee

Journalism is our core business.

Period.

Journalists and the newsroom are at the heart of our company.

But, yes, they can and must be more efficient.

New working flows are needed, like new open space and multimedia integrated newsroom facilities.

Train them to serve not just readers but new audiences and communities.

More editing is mpre important than more pages.

This is time for Journalism Caviar.

We need selective and relevant newspapers.

Paté newspapers, not pottage newspapers.

Around the multimedia blogosphere, the January doldrums seem to have kicked in. My usual inspirational haunts like Newsvideographer.com, Teaching Online Journalism, Multimediashooter.com have all slowed their publishing cycles. Even my own blog is in need of a New Year’s kick-start. With all the newspaper layoffs last year, over 28,000 from one count, I’m sensing a definite decrease in the multimedia mojo I felt just a year ago. Even the NPPA Monthly Multimedia Contest I run had the lowest amount of entries ever this month.

This is a quote taken from a conversation I had with a lawyer about her consumption of news:

“The problem is you people in the media are stuck in your own little world and forget that we’re also quite busy in our own little world and we don’t have time to keep up with what you’re doing.”

17
Jan
09

Links for the weekend | Links para o fim de semana

A very interesting way to present information by Kevin Sablan. Uma forma muito interessante de apresentar informação por Kevin Sablan.
Hudson crash, lifestreamedUS Airways flight 1549

Hudson crash, lifestreamed US Airways flight 1549

I used storytlr to gather feeds from Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Vimeo to create this aggregated “story” about yesterday’s crash of US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson river. The links are “hot”, so click when you see blue.

Storytlr calls itself  a “platform to build the centralized you.” Although intended to tell one person’s story, it does a fine job of pulling together bits of information from various “citizens” to create one story.

But this morning I got a missive from an employee at one of the cable news networks, who tells me I’ve got it all wrong. Speed is nice, but these days, there are other considerations that are much more important for media companies:

It’s not the speed of Twitter photo that’s remarkable. It’s that it’s FREE. In the past, we would have got that pic from one of the agencies. We didn’t need anything from the agencies yesterday. Anything we couldn’t get from our own crews, people sent us FOR FREE.”

See? Who says old media has been slow to adapt to the Web?

The way we read the news is changing, so it only makes sense that the way we follow the news should change as well. Even relatively new news aggregators like Google News seem antiquated compared to these game-changing tools.

Twitter…what is it good for? It turns out this little service is good for a whole lot of things, despite the loud objections of people who’ve never really tried it. Even among true believers, though, it’s been hard to figure out how this much loved company is going to afford to stay alive. How will Twitter make money?
A number of people noticed a new change made to Twitter today that could show just how it’s going to happen. Of course this is just speculation, but we believe it’s a pretty good guess that this could be what goes down.Journalism ethics 2.0: As the Internet changes the market, some conventions must change as well

The practice of journalism is an act of service. But if we are going to be able to continue to serve our audience, we will need to change some of the conventions and assumptions we’ve brought to our practice if they now stand in the way of our ability to serve. What good are conventions designed a generation ago to protected our public image if following them today leaves us with a shrinking audience and no advertisers to support us?

Here are three widely quoted tenets of traditional journalism ethics that I believe journalists must change in order to remain relevant in a more competitive online information market.

The old rule: You can’t cover something in which you are personally involved.

The new rule: Tell your readers how you are involved and how that’s shaped your reporting.

Have you seen these New York Times slideshows? They’re silky smooth, technical wonders of multimedia interactivity and journalism. We’re moving way beyond the basics of text and pictures and really starting to take advantage of the capabilities of the internet as an entirely new news medium.

And you know what?

I shouldn’t be able to experience that for free. New, amazing technologies and presentation and graphics and whizzits and whatsits and mobile audio this and that—they should all be provided as services to a paying audience.

Continue a ler ‘Links for the weekend | Links para o fim de semana’

16
Jan
09

Twitter Power

"Prevail Whale" by lemasney

"Prevail Whale" by lemasney

If there were any doubts about the power of Twitter as a communication tool and channel for breaking news, well, yesterday they were reduced to ashes. The Hudson Plane Crash incident proved (once again) that the Twitter mojo is strong.

There are a few good reasons to have worked so well: it was a midday incident in a densely crowded city, where every inhabitant has a portable communication device (a.k.a. cellphone), and many use the blue bird channel. So, in just few minutes after the plane went down, there were dozens of common New Yorkers that witnessed the event being retweeted and publishing photographs way before the mainstream media got hold of  the event. And why? The magic word here is “network”.

I knew about it through a @scobleizer tweet and almost immediatly through @breakingnewson and @fox40. The most effective at first was Robert Scoble’s tweets, that was taking advantage of his huge  Twitter network for gathering information (over 20,000), and pass it on to his followers (almost 50,000). It was word of mouth at the  speed of light! Among official updates, the timelines were filled with retweets for links to pictures from the scene, taken by the people on the shores of the Hudson, and on the ferries that went pick up the plane passengers!!! You just couldn’t get closer than that.

Se haviam dúvidas sobre o poder do Twitter como ferramenta de comunicação e canal para notícias de última hora, ontem foram reduzidas a pó. O incidente do Avião que Caiu no Hudson provou (mais uma vez) que a magia do Twitter é forte.

Há algumas razões para que tenha corrido tão bem: foi um incidente em pleno dia numa cidade densamente povoada, onde cada habitante tem um dispositivo móvel de comunicação (telemóvel), e onde muitos usam o canal do pássaro azul. Assim, apenas alguns minutos depois do avião ter caído,  dezenas de nova iorquinos que testemunharam o acontecimento estava a ser retweetados e a publicar fotos muito antes dos media tradicionais terem noção do que se passava. Porquê? A palavra mágica aqui é “rede”.

Soube de tudo por um tweet do @scobleizer,  seguido imediamente por outros do @breakingnewson e @fox40. O mais eficiente ao início foi o Robert Scoble, que estava atirar proveito da sua enorme rede de contactos no Twitter para recolher informação (ele segue mais de 20 mil utilizadores) e divulgá-la (quase 50 mil seguidores). É passar a palavra à velocidade da luz! Entre actualizações oficiais, as timelines estavam cheias de retweets para links de fotos do local, tiradas por pessoas nas margens do Hudson, e nos ferrys que foram resgatar os passageiros do avião!!! Era impossível estar mais perto.

Paulo Querido - O acidente de Nova Iorque acompanhado por um jornalista no Twitter

Janis Krums on an iPhone @ Twitpic

I began retweeting all the information available as soon as it happened, and  put my network up to speed on the event. And I was across the ocean, in my living room. Some used that effort of mine (and others) very well, like the  portuguese public television news cable channel – RTPN – that has a great Twitter presence. On a late night schedule, they turned to their network to provide them with pictures, video and maps of the crash. By crowdsourcing that work, they went beyond the live streams of distant shots of the airplane in the water surrounded by ferries.  They quickly found pictures and other visual data to show on air, as the situation unfolded. And it all only took one hour from beggining to end.

My small part delivering the information to my network, and through it, to all the networks that each one of them encompasses, got me thinking about a few items on my “Changes in Journalist’s Role” list:

4-A journalist must network.

It had to before, but there were geographical limitations, social and economical factors , and a whole sort of real world constraints. Online, the limit is in the number and the value of the contacts one has.(…)

9-A journalist is more a traffic cop than a private investigator.

Or even better:  there will be more traffic cops than private investigators.. .I’m sorry to destroy a romantic image of journalism, but there will be less Humphrey Bogarts, the rise in the volume of information will demand for more traffic managers. Their role will be essential to guide the masses in the search for information.(…)

10-A journalist is a DJ.

Remixes and makes the news flow coherent.

It was an excellent opportunity to apply Paul Bradshaw’s breaking news model. And another thought: we must be aware of all the ways we can present information on the fly, and have improvisation skills. Do you like Jazz? Start playing it. Robert Scoble tweeted just now -as i write this- he should have done things differently yesterday. Soon there will be another chance to test other ways to deliver and connect the dots of data.

This was  a great experience, for two reasons:  thanks to the pilot’s skills no one was really harmed in the crash, and it was professionally challenging and compensating for me. I’m not working for anyone nowadays , but i acted as a journalist for my network, which is my primary audience. My work was praised, and i got new followers. And most of all, i had a lot of fun.

Comecei a fazer retweets da informação disponível assim que aconteceu, e pus a minha rede a par do que se passava. E eu estava do outro lado do oceano , na minha sala. Alguns aproveitaram este meu esforço (e de outros) muito bem, como a RTPN, que usa muito bem o Twitter . Num horário tardio, eles viraram-se para a sua rede de contactos para os ajudar a encontrar fotografias, video e mapas do acidente. Ao recorrerem ao seu público para esse trabalho, eles foram além da transmissão em directo de imagens distantes do avião na água rodeado de ferrys. Rapidamente encontraram fotografias e outra informação visual para mostrar em directo, à medida que a situação se desenrolava. E tudo demorou uma hora, do início ao fim.

A minha modesta participação em distribuir a informação pela minha rede e, através dela, para todas as outras que elas comportam, fez-me pensar  sobre alguns itens da minha lista de “Mudanças no Papel dos Jornalistas“:

4-Um jornalista tem que estar em rede.

Já antes estava, mas era uma rede social limitada por factores geográficos, círculos sociais e económicos, todas os constrangimentos do mundo real. Online, a limitação está no número de contactos que se tem.(…)

9-Um jornalista é mais polícia de trânsito do que investigador privado.

Ou melhor: vão haver cada vez mais polícias de trânsito do que investigadores privados. Desculpem destruir uma imagem romântica do jornalismo, mas os Humphrey Bogarts serão cada vez mais raros, pelo volume de informação serão precisos mais polícias de trânsito. O seu papel é fundamental na orientação das massas na busca de informação.(…)

10-Um jornalista é um DJ.

Remistura e torna coerente o fluxo informativo.

Foi uma excelente oportunidade para aplicar o modelo de breaking news do Paul Bradshaw. E outra ideia: temos que saber que formas podemos usar para apresentar a informação no momento, e saber improvisar. Gostam de Jazz? Aprendam a tocar. O Robert Scoble tweetou agora mesmo -quando escrevo isto- que devia ter feito as coisas de outra forma. Em breve teremos outra oportunidade para testar diferentes maneiras  de distribuir e ligar os pontos de informação.

Foi uma boa experiência,por duas razões: graças à perícia do piloto ninguém se magoou a sério no acidente, e profissionalmente foi um desafio compensador para mim. Eu não estou a trabalhar para ninguém neste momento, mas fui jornalista para a minha rede, que é o meu público principal. O meu trabalho foi louvado, e ganhei novos seguidores. E acima de tudo, diverti-me.

Read also | Leiam também:

Social media in the Hudson River plane crash

Video of the flightpath

Googlemap: Flighpath | Rota do avião

Continue a ler ‘Twitter Power’

14
Jan
09

Analisys: experiment with a crowdsourced GoogleMap | Análise: experiências com um GoogleMap em crowdsource

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Click image to visit the map | Cliquem na imagem para ver o mapa

Last Friday Portugal was going through one of the coldest days in the last decades: there were temperatures below zero and snow, conditions rather unusual for our mild winters. So i decided early in the morning to do something that would keep me busy and warm throughout the day: a map built by users, using their pictures showing the weather in their cities.

The first call for collaboration was sent via Twitter. Many of the tweople i follow were already discussing the issue, and all i had to do was to ask for their photographs and  videos. They just had to look out the window, use a camera or cellphone and post them on Twitpic, Flickr or Picasa.

A few took the challenge early on, and there was a small frenzy about the map i just had setup. When the first contributions arrived  someone let me know that some online newspapers were asking for pictures too. No maps though.

The map i created was open to anyone to add  their own pictures and locations,  and i “templated” it with the first pictures. The word spread out mostly by retweeting. By lunch hour i had a few contributions, not as many as the news websites of course, but some visually compelling. The public news channel – that has a very effective Twitter participation - picked up the idea and on their web segment at night news talked about the map. At the end of the day i had a cool 1,000 visitors. I decided to use that publicity to take the experiment into the weekend, and see how it would work.

The good stuff

The first impression i got was that there was a will to participate and share with others the  personal experience on the weather.  There were a lot of contributions on the news websites  and blogs that  also requested pictures of the cold wave, so there was a lot of material to work with.

The idea caught on pretty easily too among my Twitter contacts, which helped to drive traffic to the map and get links to pics and slideshows. There was some quality stuff there.

Functionally, the map was quickly set up, and there were no major technical issues, although i was asked to place the pictures quite often, instead of being the users posting them themselves.

The number of visits was also surprising: in three days of useful life it had over 2,500 visitors. And it got my name on television.

The not so good stuff

Despite noticing some initial interest on the project, it faded away rather quickly. It was a stand alone feature, and not associated to any other type of narrative content. It might have worked better as a mashup with weather info and readers comments, or local news rss feeds about the weather, twitter hashtags, etc.

I also had all the work, i expected more independence from the users when it came to place the pics on the map, but i had no tutorial explaining how to do it anyway. So maybe i expected too much. The contributions came not only as pictures but also as links to blogs who had some, and i asked bloggers to share their own crowdsourcing efforts.

I took too much time to define a domain name to the map, i had a tip from a  fellow tweeter to use a free domain (mapadofrio.pt.vu). Easier to remember, easier to use.

Conclusions

For a project like this to work it shouldn’t be used as a stand-alone, but integrated in a streaming narrative, open to collaboration, and easier to interact. There was a real interest on the user side to participate, so the power of the crowd is still strong. I could have used more publicity, or have access to a wider audience, even with a reference on TV.  But it was easy, fast and cheap to set up. And as far as i can tell it was unique here in Portugal. There were a lot of requests for pictures, but no maps. Originality wins extra points.

To finish this short analisys i’d just like to thank all the people who participated and spread the word. More and more the creation of web contents depends on the users input.

And a question: what else could have been done?

Sexta-feira passada Portugal estava a meio de uma das maiores vagas de frio das últimas décadas: temperaturas abaixo de zero e neve, condições raras nos nossos Invernos amenos. Por isso decidi logo de manhãzinha fazer algo que me mantivesse quente e ocupado ao longo do dia: um mapa feito por utilizadores, que mostrasse fotos do frio nas suas localidades.

O primeiro apelo à participação foi feito via Twitter. Muita da tweople que sigo já discutiam o assunto, e tudo o que precisei de fazer foi pedir pelas suas fotos e vídeos. Bastava-lhes olhar pela janela, usar uma máquina fotográfica ou um telemóvel e postar as fotos no Twitpic, Flickr ou Picasa.

Alguns aceitaram logo o desafio, e houve alguma agitação à volta do mapa que tinha criado. Quando as primeiras contribuições chegaram houve alguém que me disse que alguns sites informativos também andavam a pedir fotos. Mas nada de mapas.

O mapa que criei estava aberto a toda a gente que quisesse adicionar as suas fotos e locais, e formatei o conceito nas primeiras fotos. A palavra espalhou-se principalmente através de retweets. À hora de almoço tinha algumas participações, não tantas como nos sites de informação claro, mas algumas visualmente interessantes. A RTPN – que usa muito bem o Twitter –  pegou na ideia e falou do mapa no segmento web do À Noite As Notícias. No final do  dia tinha uns 1,000 visitantes. Decidi aproveitar a  deixa e prolonguei a experiência pelo fim de semana, para ver no que dava.

A parte boa

A primeira impressão com que fiquei foi que existia uma vontade de participar e partilhar com outros a experiência pessoal desse dia. Houve muitas contribuições nos sites informativos e blogs que pediram imagens da vaga de frio, por isso havia muita matéria prima com que trabalhar.

A ideia pegou facilmente entre os meus contactos no Twitter, que ajudaram a gerar táfego para o mapa e obter links para fotos e slideshows. E havia coisas com qualidade.

Funcionalmente, o mapa foi fácil de montar, e não houve grandes problemas técnicos, embora me pedissem para pôr as fotos, em vez de serem os utilizadores a colocá-las por eles mesmos.

O número de visitantes também foi surpreendente: em três dias de vida útil o mapa teve mais de 2,500 visitantes. E apareci na TV.

A parte menos boa

Apesar de reparar num entusiamo inicial à volta do projecto, ele esmoreceu rapidamente. Era uma criação isolada, não associada a qualquer outro tipo de narrativa. Poderia ter funcionado melhor como mashup com informação meteorológica, comentários, feeds rss locais, hashtags do Twitter, etc.

Também tive que fazer grande parte do trabalho, esperava que os utilizadores pusessem as fotos no mapa, mas também não tinha nenhuma explicação sobre como fazê-lo. Talvez as expectativas fossem altas demais. As contribuições não foram só fotos mas também links para blogs que tinham outras imagens, e ainda pedi algumas a mais uns bloggers.

Demorei demasiado tempo a criar um domínio para o mapa, mas tive uma dica pelo Twitter para usar um gratuito (mapadofrio.pt.vu), mais fácil de lembrar e usar.

Conclusões

Para um projecto destes resultar não pode funcionar de forma isolada mas integrado numa narrativa contínua, aberto à colaboração e terá que ser mais fácil de interagir. Houve um interesse real por parte dos utilizadores em participar, por isso o poder da multidão é forte. Podia ter tido uma maior divulgação, mesmo com a menção na TV. Mas foi fácil, rápido e barato de montar. E até onde pude ver foi algo de único. Muitos sites pediram fotos e a colaboração dos utilizadores mas nada de mapas. A originalidade ganha pontos extra.

Para terminar esta curta análise, só queria agradecer a todas as pessoas que participaram e passaram a palavra. Cada vez mais a criação de conteúdos web depende da contribuição dos utilizadores.

E uma pergunta: que mais poderia ter sido feito?

Continue a ler ‘Analisys: experiment with a crowdsourced GoogleMap | Análise: experiências com um GoogleMap em crowdsource’

14
Jan
09

Suggestion: A Twitter digest | Sugestão: Um compilador para o Twitter

Threading the conversation | Alinhar a conversação

Threading the conversation | Alinhar a conversação

I thought about this when i saw Jim MacMillan’s Daily Tweet Digest: what about an application (plugin, widget, whatever) that would create a timeline with our daily tweets, and organized the conversation in threads, like in Tweetree?

It would work as a organized, semantic, relational tweetstream.

All the links shared could be previewed and it would also suggest other users referring to them. This is different from Friendfeed, where Twitter generates more noise than value, i prefer to use it as an aggregator of my social bookmarks and web applications. It could take advantage from hashtags, and other side applications like Twitpic, to add visual value to the timeline.

The goal would be a costumizable, visual, inter-related dialog line, based on our tweet conversation, to be used on our websites,  Tumblr-like, but with a bigger potential. Does anyone know if there’s something like this? Or maybe the tea at breakfast was too strong?

Pensei nisto quando vi o Daily Tweet Digest do Jim MacMillan: que tal uma aplicação (plugin, widget,seja lá o que for) que criasse uma timeline com os nossos tweets diários e organizasse a conversação em threads, como no Tweetree?

Funcionaria como uma espécie de tweetstream organizado, semântico e relacional.

Todos os links partilhados poderiam ser pré-visualizados e sugeriam outros utilizadores que os referissem. É diferente do FriendFeed onde o Twitter  gera mais ruído do que valor, prefiro usá-lo como agregador de social bookmarking e outras aplicações web. Poderia usar as hashtags, e outras aplicações paralelas como o Twitpic para adicionar valor visual à timeline.

O objectivo seria uma linha de diálogo personalizável, visual e interrelacionada, baseada na nossa conversação no Twitter, que desse para pôr num site, tipo Tumblr, mas com mais potencial. Alguém conhece alguma coisa assim? Ou o meu chá do pequeno almoço estava demasiado forte?

Continue a ler ‘Suggestion: A Twitter digest | Sugestão: Um compilador para o Twitter’

09
Jan
09

Weather Pics Crowdsourced Google Map | Google Map com fotos do mau tempo em crowdsource

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Click image to visit the map | Cliquem na imagem para ver o mapa

Portugal is going through one of the coldest weeks in decades, with negative temperatures and snow in several cities – we’re not used to this. So i asked my Twitter contacts if they could take pictures and videos showing how cold it is in the place they live, to create a open, crowdsourced map. So far, not bad. This is a project that will continue through the weekend, so keep following it.

Portugal está a atravessar uma das semanas mais frias das últimas décadas com neve e temperaturas negativas – não estamos habituados a isso. Por isso pedi aos meus contactos no Twitter para tirarem fotos e videos a mostrar como faz frio no sítio onde vivem, para um mapa aberto, em crowdsource. Até agora não vai mal. Este projecto continua no fim de semana por isso sigam-no.

http://Mapadofrio.pt.vu

Follow via RSS | Sigam via RSS

Continue a ler ‘Weather Pics Crowdsourced Google Map | Google Map com fotos do mau tempo em crowdsource’

15
Dez
08

Eu e o Twitter na Visão Link | Me and Twitter in Visão Link

click pic to check the full article (pdf)

click pic to check the full article (pdf)

A Visão Link de Dezembro traz um artigo sobre o Twitter. É uma apresentação para leigos ao microblogging feito pela jornalista Patrícia Silva Alves, e que conta com a colaboração de alguns twitteiros, eu incluído.

Aliás, quero corrigir uma coisa que disse à Patrícia: no artigo disse que “o Twitter é como uma conversa numa grande mesa de café, onde toda a gente se conhece.” Pois, eu devia ter dito “onde NEM toda a gente se conhece.” Não é por aí que vem grande mal ao mundo.

De resto, aproveitei para conhecer a revista, que já vai na terceira edição, mas que incompreensivelmente não tem site. Uma edição deste género inserido no grupo da Visão deveria ter uma presença web forte e de referência. Ah pois, o pessoal ainda acha que a cena é só o papel…

E estou no Twitter como @alexgamela.

The December edition of Visão Link has an article about Twitter. It’s an introduction for laymen to microblogging written by Patrícia Silva Alves,and that has the input of several other portuguese tweeters, including myself.

As a matter of fact, i’d like to correct something i said to Patricia: in the article comes “Twitter is like a conversation in a huge café table, where everyone knows each other.” I should have said “where NOT everyone…”. No harm done.

Besides that it was a chance to know this magazine, that is in it’s third number, but appallingly it has no website. This kind of publication that in the same group  as Visão should have a strong, referential web presence. Oh, right, people think only paper is rock’n’roll…

And my twitter name is @alexgamela.

Continue a ler ‘Eu e o Twitter na Visão Link | Me and Twitter in Visão Link’

25
Nov
08

Social media: Cobertura das cheias de Sta.Catarina | Sta.Catarina floods coverage

As chuvas que assolaram o estado de Santa Catarina no sul do Brasil são as mais dramáticas de sempre. Os números apontam para dezenas de mortos, e milhares de desalojados.

Um deles é Rogério Christofoletti que nos vai dando algumas informações sobre a situação. Outros sítios para se ir vendo o que se passa fora dos media tradicionais são os blogs Luz e Estilo e o Visão Extra. No Twitter recomendaram-me

De notar que as pessoas se estão a organizar na blogosfera e para além de informar, estão a tentar resolver alguns problemas, como a localização dos desalojados, indicando onde estão neste blog: Blog dos Desabrigados de Itajaí.

Sabem de mais links para acompanhar a situação? É nestas situações que realmente se vê o poder e o potencial dos media sociais e das comunidades.

Para todos os afectados pelas cheias a minha solidariedade.

The strong rains that hit the southern brazilian state of Santa Catarina are already the most dramatic ever. There are dozens of deads, and thousands of homeless people.

One of those is Rogério Christofoletti that posted some information in the situation. There are other sites where we can follow the events outside the MSM coverage,like Luz e Estilo and Visão Extra blogs.@diarinho provides coverage on Twitter.

I must highlight that people are organizing themselves in the blogosphere, and besides delivering information, they’re trying to solve some problems, like the whereabouts of som homeless, making their current location known in this blog: Blog dos Desabrigados de Itajaí.Do you know any other links to follow this situation? It’s in events like this that we can really see the power and the potential of social media and community.

My heart goes out to all of those affected by the floods.

Continue a ler ‘Social media: Cobertura das cheias de Sta.Catarina | Sta.Catarina floods coverage’




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